The Lawyer Inquiry: Joanne Bligh

Joanne Bligh was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire in 1970. She is an associate at Edge Ellison. What subjects did you fail at school?

Cycling proficiency test.

What was your first job?

On the record counter at Woolworths on Saturdays.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£13,000 per annum.

What would you have done if you hadn't been a lawyer?

Interior designer.

What was your most satisfying professional moment?

The first deal I completed on my own.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Falling asleep on the job at a completion meeting.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?

Agreeing bills.

And the best thing about being a lawyer?

Free champagne at completion meetings.

What annoys you most about clients?

Not paying their bills.

Who do you most admire, and why?

Elizabeth I – she knew how to dispose of a man.

Which famous person or historical figure would be your ideal client and why?

Richard Attenborough – he would be so interesting to talk to during the lulls at completion meetings.

What is your most annoying habit?

Thinking that I haven't got any.

What's your biggest fear?

Falling off bridges.

How do you relax?

Singapore slings.

What is your most precious possession?

My Birmingham City season ticket.

Where would you most like to be right now?

On safari.

In 10 years' time, where do you see yourself?

Watching the Blues in the Premiership.